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Re: Alesis Midiverb 4 vs Lexicon MPX 100 multi effects processors

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Posted by Bolts on October 02, 2000 at 10:42:47 AM:

In Reply to: Alesis Midiverb 4 vs Lexicon MPX 100 multi effects processors posted by Hooper on October 02, 2000 at 10:07:53 AM:

The MPX 100 is a great unit for the price. It is not quite as flexible when it comes to editing parameters, but the presets sound good. Some of the effects sound just great. As far as sixties-esque stuff goes, there are cool "tape slap" effects and also tape delay emulation (where the decays get softer/darker). My faves are the ambience effects on this thing (subtle room sounds). The first ambient preset almost makes what goes into it sound deader than the dry signal (very "radio-broadcast" sounding--cool). And if I'm guilty of overindulging in anything it would be these extremely subtle ambiences. The plates on the MPX100 sound very nice to me, but again, the parameter control is a little limited. However, you can control brightness, decay time, and pre-delay--enough for me.

I am not well-versed in reverb units so I can't compare the units for you. I am also not a 'verb nut--don't use them as "par-for-the-course" as some do, so there are various settings, like chamber and hall, that I simply never use. Not because they sound bad, but because I'm not partial to that sound. I'm also not partial to the combo effects (Chorus/Reverb, Flange/Delay, Pitch/Reverb, etc.), again because they're just not sounds I use. But I can say that I have NEVER wanted for an effect when I needed one, whether it be a reverb, delay, chorus, or some of the freaky "Special FX." I've found the user presets to come in handy.

As far as 60s-style effects, I cover a Zombies tune on the (upcoming???) Sub-T cover me CD, using a tape-slap effect on the verse and a plate on the chorus. I think it worked very well, as I was trying to emulate the original production in that regard.

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